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Carlo Ratti Associati proposes floating reservoirs to create carbon-free heating for Helsinki

dezeen Summary Italian studio Carlo Ratti Associati is among four winners of the global Helsinki Energy Challenge, with a proposal to create island-like, floating seawater reservoirs that would store heat to help decarbonise the city's heating network. The international ...


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These floating islands could help decarbonize Helsinki

Fast Company Summary By 2035, the city of Helsinki plans to be carbon neutral. But in a part of the world where the average winter temperature is a few degrees below freezing, one challenge of reaching that goal is heating hundreds of thousands of homes without using fossil fuels (or...


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Helsinki Energy Challenge results announced – City equipped for future energy decisions

Helsinki Summary Helsinki is one of the leading cities in the fight against climate change, with the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2035. The heating system is at the heart of the battle, as its emissions account for more than half of Helsinki’s total emissions. The City of...


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Helsinki's utility accelerates pace to sustainable heating

Smart Energy International Summary The City of Helsinki’s energy company, HELEN, is avidly seeking ways of moving away from fossil-based heat generation, particularly from coal-burning plants. “The Hanasaari coal-fired combined heat and power plant will be closed by the end of 2024. We...


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Valmet to optimize Helsinki district heating

Power Engineering International Summary Valmet has been chosen to supply an optimization solution for Helen Ltd’s district heat production and network in Helsinki, Finland. The system will be geared to improve the energy efficiency of Helen’s district heating network, reduce emissions,...


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Helsinki Mayor pledges €1m for idea to replace coal-fired energy plants

UUTISET Summary The Mayor of Finland's capital launched a campaign on Wednesday aimed at tackling climate change called the Helsinki Challenge competition. During a Helsinki Symposium at City Hall, Mayor Jan Vapaavuori promised one million euros to whoever can devise an energy production...

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Helsinki Produces Energy with Underground Hot and Cold Water Lakes

360 Feed Wire, Oil & Gas 360 Summary The city energy company Helen is building hot-water storage into man-made caves. Helsinki, Finland , Dec. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Former fuel-oil storage caves in the Helsinki bedrock will store hot water heated in the processes of the...


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District heating can be produced without fossil fuels in Finland - even in Helsinki

Advanced energy solutions Research, Aalto University Summary The change is possible through the use of heat pumps, wind power, heat storage and demand response. Heating accounts for about half of the energy consumed by the Finnish homes. Some of the researchers from the Smart Energy...


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Finnish gov wants to ban coal usage in 2029

Mu Xuequan, Xinhua News Summary HELSINKI, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- The use of coal for producing heat and electricity is possible to become illegal in Finland in 2029, based on a bill submitted to the parliament on Thursday. The envisaged schedule met instant criticism particularly from the...


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Helsinki Energy Company Helen to Go Climate Neutral

City of Helsinki Helen operates Finland's first V2G (vehicle-to-grid) electric car charging station, developed by Helen with partners in the mySMARTLife EU Project. The project develops solutions to cut urban carbon dioxide emissions. Pictured is the first charging. Photo: Sonja Meskanen...